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New High-Pressure Pharmaceutical Packaging Cleaning System Helps Eliminate Contamination and Product Residue

The safety of employees and patients comes first for pharmaceutical companies. Consequently, the exterior cleaning of containers after filling and closing plays an important role.

FDA Approves Treatment for Inhalation Anthrax

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Anthrasil, Anthrax Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human), to treat patients with inhalational anthrax in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs.
Inhalational anthrax is a rare disease that can occur after exposure to infected animals or contaminated animal products, or as a result of an intentional release of anthrax spores. It is caused by breathing in the spores of the bacterium Bacillus anthracis.

Abbott Continues International Roll Out of Korean Serialization Project

Recipharm, the leading contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO), is pleased to announce further serialization success with the completion of a complex serialization project for Korea for one of its leading customers; Abbott. The initiative, which commenced in April 2014, is now completed.

Using Bar Codes to Track Vaccines

A pilot program employing GS1 Data Matrix codes yields “positive results.”

Bar codes are being used to transform the vaccine supply chain in Tanzania.

TNT to Help Medical Devices Reach 96% of European Hospitals

Express delivery company TNT is opening an international transport hub in Heerlen, the Netherlands, enabling it to make next-day deliveries of medical devices to 96% of Europe’s 16,000 hospitals.

Situated near the European distribution centers of 80 major medical device manufacturers, the 2000-sq-meter facility is in service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, typically handling devices are used in surgery. Examples include pacemakers, stents, artificial knees, and surgical products. 

IoPP Partners with Australian Institute of Packaging, Extends Certified Packaging Professional Program

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) is partnering with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), a step in IoPP's plans to extend the Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) designation internationally.

IoPP and AIP will mutually recognize CPP as the gold standard of broad packaging proficiency under a program in which AIP members will join qualifying IoPP members as being eligible for certification, IoPP reports in a news release. Since the program was launched in 1972, about 2000 packaging professionals have earned the CPP designation, a trademark of IoPP.

Is Marijuana Medicine? What the Medical Community Says

While many states have pushed for new laws to legalize the use of marijuana for medical reasons, there are few well-controlled studies that demonstrate its effectiveness.  As such, most major state and national medical professional societies have not yet supported its use in patient care until further research is conducted to show it is a safe and effective medicine for use in a wide variety of settings.


Global Oncology Drugs Market Forecast to Reach $112bn by 2020

Biological drugs based on monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have emerged as a preferred option for treating various cancer types, especially for blood cancer (leukemia). Rising incidence of various cancer conditions, growing popularity of advance therapies (biological and targeted drug therapies), patents expiration of leading drugs along with commercialization of biosimilars are the few factors driving the growth of global oncology drugs market.

Advanced Nucleating Agent Helps Reinvent the Pharmaceutical Bottle

During NPE 2015 this week in Orlando, FL, Milliken & Co. announced a breakthrough in over-the-counter pharmaceutical and nutraceutical bottles. The development of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin hyper-nucleated with Milliken’s Hyperform® HPN-20E agent enables a 30% improvement in moisture and oxygen barrier performance vs. conventional HDPE.


CPhI South East Asia Coming to Jakarta

Held in Jakarta, CPhI South East Asia, organized by UBM EMEA, will highlight the growth of the Indonesian pharma market. The event takes place April 8-10 along with P-MEC and InnoPack and is expected to attract both domestic and international buyers.

A total of 38 countries will be represented on the show floor, compared with 23 in the show's previous edition – including USA, India, Japan, and China.

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